John David ‘JD’ Walsh is a former University of Maryland basketball player and founder of JD Walsh Basketball School.
From meager roots as a high school coach in Long Island, JD has evolved jdBASKETBALL in 10 countries on three continents, reaching more than 18,000 youth around the world. Walsh gained extensive experience working with the US and foreign governments agencies looking to communicate and educate youth through sports.
JD Walsh was founding partner and managing director of Sino-American International Sports, a company that obtained historic agreement with Chinese Basketball Association in 2002-2004, and later China-America Friendship tours. Both companies aided the Chinese government in promotion and evolution of the game of basketball.JD has performed six tours with the US Department of state as a 'cultural sports ambassador' in the diplomatic speaker program in Gulf and SE Asia regions. In 2007 ‘Hoops for Health’, jdBASKETBALL partnered with Chinar.org, an orphanage in Kashmir and won the 2008 Ashoka Nike Gamechanger Award. This success was continued in 2009, with a successful co-partnership with George Mason University two-year US Department of State Sports Initiative grant foster cross cultural relations between the US and India. JD has worked with the Basketball Federation of India, eight state basketball associations and Indian sports development Authorities to promote the game of basketball in India. Since 2007, JD has conducted more than 125 clinics in 13 cities in India to more than 6,000 youth, including the Basketball Federation of India 2009 National Junior Championship in Mumbai. He has been a frequent speaker on the lecture circuit; most recently at the World Bank Y2Y Conference, October 2009 and FICCI Sports Summit, New Delhi India, December 2009. JD has also performed scouting duties for Maccabi Tel Aviv Club (Israel).
Carl Johnson is the current Head coach of the Bridgehampton Killer Bees. Prior to working at Bridgehampton, Carl was a six-time state champion - three as a player and three as a coach. He was also elected to the Suffolk county Athletic hall of Fame and was inducted with the nickname of "The East End Legend."
Daynia La-Force Mann
As one of the most innovative and talented young coaches in women's basketball today, Daynia is the head coach at Northeastern University. Former Brooklynite and star player at Georgetown University (ranks among all-time shot blockers and Big East Champion), Daynia is an interior post specialist and master motivator. An often sought after guest speaker, the school is excited to have the opportunity to bring 'the rising start' to our big time events!
One of NYC's best player turned coach combos ever! Today, Ray is assistant coach at South Carolina State. Ray was a great player and All-American at St. Johns Prep (Queens) and later became captain of a stellar Notre Dame squad. He later went on to become a D1 head coach at LIU and assistant to Jim Valvano's championship team at NC State. Ray has coached in top programs such as Miami (OH) and Tennessee, and worked with NBA players including Wally Szczerbiak, Allan Houston, and others. Ray is currently the Assistant Coach at North Carolina Central University.
Founder of Sports Plus Development UK. Over 25 years experience in the areas of sport, community leisure and international development. Ken has experience tackling some of the issues affecting developing countries such as HIV/AIDS, Education, Poverty and Peace in sport settings. Ken is currently working on a report on Sport for Development in Tanzania with particular reference to HIV/AIDS as Organizational Assessment and Strategic Plan for National Sports Council of Tanzania.
In 2005 USA Today selected Christ the King as the number one team in the country and Bob Mackey as the High School coach of the Year. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association also chose Coach Mackey for the National Coach of the Year and selected him to coach the All-American game at the Women’s Final Four. The 2005-06 Royals continued their winning ways, finishing a perfect 30-0. Mackey was again named National High School Coach of the Year for 2006. Former players include players from Duke, Maryland, Boston College, Seattle Storm, Los Angeles Sparks, and Shay Doron NY Liberty.